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"Internship experience"

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Former Intern - Research Intern in Peoria, IL
Former Intern - Research Intern in Peoria, IL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Caterpillar as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Cross-functional experience
International exposure
Challenging job roles
Good pay

Cons

Weather in the mid-west can be unforgiving

Other Employee Reviews for Caterpillar

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great products and great pay - I don't know anyone that likes working there"

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    Former Employee - Various Management Positions in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Various Management Positions in Peoria, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Caterpillar makes awesome products and pays very well. There is a lot of opportunity to advance your career in various departments and various locations.

    Cons

    The manufacturing culture is very negative - box-checking, good ol' boy club, passing blame rather than identifying and fixing problems.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time in meetings with an upward focus and spend more time with your people and acting on feedback to improve the work culture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Cult/Clique"

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    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Sanford, NC
    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Sanford, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Caterpillar as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Caterpillar is a technical playground for engineers. There is no lack of technical challenges, tools, software, and systems. The legacy of investment in making extremely large machinery is evident throughout the company.

    Cons

    Caterpillar has a knack for buying the latest software and gutting its most useful features. Bureaucratic infighting and endless meetings driven by the latest business process fad define day to day operations. The implementation of lean/six sigma is particularly poor, leading to a decision-making process that is broadly wrong, yet precisely right. Top down hierarchical control makes effective local management impossible. The Sanford site is particularly odd since the local site manager (now fired) used a religious cult as a smokescreen to hire relatives and cronies. It took a staged convention trip to clean house and end the nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Caterpillars big slow heavy expensive approach works great in core markets. But it is a death knell for the small, fast, light, cheap market at the opposite end of the spectrum in Sanford with its tiny skid steer contractor grade equipment. Nimble it is not. And all the Cat Logistics in the world won't change things. Cult management is gone, but the insider/outsider clique remains. Without nimble systems and management, Cat will never be more than a bit player at the scooter end of the equipment spectrum. Cut the division loose from the legacy systems, people, products that slow and cripple the product development cycle. Allow more autonomy (and the consequences of failure/success) at the local level.


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